It doesn't get any more basic than black and white, but as so many spring runways demonstrate, these contrasting neutrals are anything but boring this season. Statement-making black and white prints--think: graphic grids and standout stripes--offer a modern way to wear the season's mod looks and work just as well in real life as they do on the runways. Best of all, this is a trend you can try right now; just look to style stars like Chloe Moretz and Anja Rubik to see how it's done.
**On The Runway**
Marc Jacobs mined the '60s for his S/S 13 collection, which was rife with black and white numbers that channeled Edie Sedgwick. With its fluid silhouette and vivid, psychedelic stripes, the designer's Black and Ivory Jersey Striped Dress ($2200, 212.343.149) plays tricks on the eyes--in the best possible way.
**WHO:** Hailee Steinfeld, actress
**WHAT:** Celebrating her sixteenth birthday in December.
**WEAR:** Louis Vuitton Silk Blend Romper (price upon request, 866.VUITTON) and Cosmetic Pouch ($415, 866.VUITTON) in Carmine.
**WHY:** Black and white checkerboard detailing lends a modern look to an understated silhouette.
**WHO:** Anja Rubik, model
**WHAT:** Leaving her hotel in Warsaw, Poland, a few weeks ago.
**WEAR:** BLK DNM jacket; Balmain PHarlequin-Print Motocross-Style Skinny Jeans
($1622); vintage belt; Chanel bag; Balmain heels.
**WHY:** Diamond-print pants and a slightly boxy leather jacket make this outfit the epitome of rocker chic.
**WHO:** Laetitia Casta, actress and model
**WHAT:** At Chanel's "The Little Black Jacket" exhibition in Germany late last year.
**WEAR:** vintage Chanel jacket; Messika Paris earrings; Bulgari Serpenti Minaudiere ($5700, 800.BVLGARI).
**WHY:** Give your timeless noir et blanc blazer a dose of personality with a deco-inspired clutch.
**WHO:** Tali Lennox, model
**WHAT:** Hanging out at the Alice + Olivia Jingle Bell Rockaway Karaoke bash back in December.
**WEAR:** Alice + Olivia Striped Elyse Blazer
($484), Lemon-Print Back-Zip Top
($148), and Stripe Bell Pants
($242); La Cerise Sur Le Chapeau hat; vintage bag.
**WHY:** A suit with wide vertical stripes exudes a Rolling Stones-meets-Carnaby Street vibe.
**WHO:** Chloe Moretz, actress
**WHAT:** On the red carpet at the ELLE UK Style Awards in London earlier this week.
**WEAR:** Stella McCartney black and crème striped silk dress from F/W 13 collection.
**WHY:** A dress with horizontal and vertical stripes creates an eye-catching statement.
**Get The Look/Clothing**
Ready to make a statement in a bold black and white ensemble? One-Piece For your next night out, emulate Hailee Steinfeld and try a romper like Dolce Vita's Abeni Romper
($120) or boy. By Band of Outsiders' Poplin & Canvas Romper
($625). Suit If Tali Lennox's fresh take on suit dressing tickled your fancy, pick up Ann Taylor's Harlow 3/4 Sleeve Jacket
($128) and pair it with Topshop's Stripe Highwaisted Trousers
($84). Dresses When it comes to black and white frocks, we're particularly fond of Akris' Silk Dot Dress
($1190), Lilly Pulitzer's Delia Dress
($71), and Opening Ceremony's Scuba Dress ($450), all of which will lead to show-stopping results. Pants Finally, if a pair of graphic-print pants is on your wish list this season, we recommend kate spade new york's Checkered Davis Capris ($248), White House Black Market's Perfect Form Geo-Print City Pants
($84), or Jones New York's Printed Runway Slim Ankle Pants
**Get The Look/Accessories**
Bold black and white accessories offer another way to try this spring trend. Bags For your next fete, we suggest opting for a patterned clutch like Christopher Kon's Alisson Clutch
Alisson Clutch ($215), Cole Haan's Optical Weave Izzie Clutch
($75), or Kzeniya's Wild Laser Cut Leather Clutch ($292). Shoes Geometric sandals are also an adventurous option, which is why you don't want to miss Givenchy's Lookbook Weave Printed Shoes
($1191), Alice + Olivia's Sorell Wedge Sandals
($325), or Calvin Klein's Verene Platform Sandals
($119). Now that you're equipped with a plethora of statement-making pieces to try, creating a black and white ensemble should be, well, black and white!